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TECHNOSTREET

Music on the go

Nokia’s ‘smart’ touch screen phone is finally here: responsive to the touch of your finger, or flick of your plectrum or a stroke of the pen stylus. Janani Krishnaswamyprofiles the most-awaited gadget from Nokia’s Xpress range and also checks out the existing ones


Touch Music: Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

It’s not just the first mass-market Nokia handset with a touch screen; it’s also the first in the Xpress Music range to come equipped with ‘Works With Music’ — Nokia’s music store. In Nokia’s Xpress Music range, nothing tickles the taste buds as much as the 5800. It packs a 3.2 inch touch screen, a 3.2 mega pixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens, 8 GB memory that lets you save up to 6000 tracks, a 3.5mm jack, powerful built-in surround sound stereo speakers and a graphic equalizer. Giving it the ‘Nokia Touch,’ it has added features like ‘Media Bar’ and ‘Contacts Bar.What’s more, it comes with Flash, so no more searching the web in parts. You can access it all, and fully.

Due out December

Price: Rs 20,000

approximately

Rock star: Nokia 5610


Music lovers sometimes like to click too; and so Nokia came up with an Xpress Music phone with a high quality 3.2 megapixel camera. Dedicated keys and a fine music experience however has been a key Nokia priority. This one comes with a better battery life and a bigger memory. It stores twice as much as other Xpress Music phones and runs for up to 22 hours. It’s 3G enabled too for streaming seamlessly through the web as well (as and when it arrives in India).

Price: Rs 12,000

Dedicated player: Nokia 5300


This is probably the bulkiest in the Xpress Music range of phones — so if you want a chunky device, go for it. It’s 20.7 mm thick and weighs 106 grams. It has dedicated music keys and offers a mind blowing music experience with the S40 player. For an even better groove, plug in your favourite headphones with a 3.5mm headset jack by simply using the inbox adapter. Plus it’s got the Nokia Wireless Audio Gateway AD-42W to stream music, while on the drive. Also has a 1.3 megapixels camera.

Price: Rs 6,050

The twister: Nokia 5700


The minute you lay your hands on this smart phone-cum-music phone, you’ll be floored by its unique twist design that easily switches between four modes at the flick of the wrist — music player, 2 megapixel camera, video call and smart phone.

You can store 1,500 songs and it comes with built in stereo loudspeakers with five-band equalizer and bass booster for crystal clear Hi-Fi sound. Want more? Add a dedicated audio chip and plug in compatible stereo wireless headsets.

Price: Rs 11,025

Size zero: Nokia 5310


This is worth checking out if you are obsessed with size zero. This slim-fit Nokia inspires with its stylish, sleek profile! It’s just 9.9 mm thick and weighs around 70 grams, but has all the functions of most Xpress Music phones. The same dedicated music keys, though designed slightly differently. It has Bluetooth, comes with integrated speakers and what’s more – you have an enhanced S40 player too. There’s a 2 megapixel camera and the volume keys double as camera keys too.

Price: Rs 9,100

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